My iMac gets stuck on the start up screen!

I acquired a non-functional iMac G5 17" 1.9GHz, Model A1144. It doesn't boot up, but I have managed to get an error code which says: 'disk0s3: I/O error'. Does this mean I need to get a new hard drive and will I have to install a new OSX?

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Start up from your system installation disk by inserting the disk and holding down the "C" key. Go to the second screen pull down menu to Utilities > Disk Utility. Format the drive using the "write zeros" option. Quit Utilities and continue installing the system. Let us know if this works or what else happens. Thanks

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Thanks for your quick reply I will try this, but it will probably be about 2 weeks 'til I get around to this.

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